I was a late bloomer – didn’t get my period until I was 16. It was always slightly irregular and never very painful.
I first went on the pill (ortho-tri cyclen lo) at some point in college and never had any problems with that either. Until I forgot to take my pills a couple days in the same week and I had horrible cramping and bleeding in the middle of the month.
It was then I first realized just how powerful these drugs were I was putting in my body every day. But still, kept taking them without much thought.
A few years ago I began to get more interested and educated about natural health and decided I really didn’t want to keep taking these pills that so altered one of my body’s natural systems. Although we weren’t ready to get pregnant, we decided we’d be ok taking our chances using natural methods (as in, pulling out.)
After I stopped the pills I didn’t get a period for SIX MONTHS. Then after that it was incredibly irregular, skipping months at a time. Not until over a year after stopping the birth control did I get a “regular” period that was sometimes 40 or 50 days apart.
One day I read that it can take even healthy couples nine months on average to conceive, and I thought I’d have trouble anyway due to my now wacko menstrual cycle, so we stopped using any methods.
I consider myself very lucky, because I got pregnant just a couple months later.
After I stopped exclusively breastfeeding, I started to get really worried about getting pregnant again. I want to have a relaxed life and really enjoy Jane’s first couple years, and think I would be WAY overwhelmed with two babies.
The birth control options I was considering were an IUD or the pill again – as wary about the hormones as I was, I had no problems while I was on it and the IUD seemed scary.
My doc wrote me a prescription for the “mini-pill” progesterone only for breastfeeding women. I got it filled and read the warning insert and just did not want to take them. Then I went online and read horror story reviews about hair falling out, weight gain, and women feeling crazy.
So I made an appointment to get the IUD. I got the ParaGuard brand and it didn’t hurt at all and so far have had no problems. Apparently most women start to complain when their periods return and are much more painful, but I haven’t gotten mine yet.
Any of you have birth control horror or success stories? Or feel skeevy about taking hormones continually for an extended period of time?